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  • How to Use a Hole Punch

How to Use a Hole Punch

Tips and Tricks for Different Gauges and More
Skill LevelBeginner
TechniqueCold Connections & Metal-Working
Time1-3 Hours
Learn how to properly use hole punching pliers to punch through metal. author signature

A hole punch, or hole punching pliers, is an essential tool when working with metal in jewelry designs. It creates a perfectly uniform hole every time and is ideal if you work with rivets, screws or other cold connection techniques. The hole punch you want to use depends on the thickness, or gauge, of the metal that you are using. The higher the gauge number, the thinner the metal.

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